I'm joining Service Space because ... I believe in the power of compassion and connection
A good day to me is when ... I can do something nice for anyone.
My hero in life is ...my dad
My favorite book is ...Autobiography of a Yogi
One thing I'm grateful for is ... this life and the opportunity to serve.
Apr 30, 2018, 1 comments, 10 smiles “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” - Mother Teresa Deeply moved by Nipun’s talk in December, on students as leaders of change, Maria, a final year student initiated the 21 Days Kindness Challenge for senior school -- with the hope of cultivating a spirit of community. The student council and staff were in full support to experiment and make the learning environment positive, congenial and a ‘happy’ one. Below is her reflection of the experience. As an introduction to this initiative, the students listened to a talk by a guest speaker who was invited by the student council. She gave an inspiring talk on the power of sharing and had most of the students spontaneously do acts of kindness as soon as she left. Here’s a clip of the note I sent her at the end of the day as an update. The challenge was ... Read Full Story
Mar 26, 2018, 9 smiles It was a night of letting go with soulful music and in the company of the singer himself. No, there was no Celine Dion or Adele or Katy Perry in our midst but that didn’t stop us. We sang in mixed pitches to strike the chord of oneness that binds us irrespective of our externals. It was indeed a night where music spoke in the language of love and broke all inhibitions. Deepest gratitude to our brother Nimo for the magical awakening. To quote Jacob, ‘Thursday night was a beautiful collection of caring and loving souls. Wonderful gentle energy filled the room when we all met and sat in meditation. Then there was open, honest sharing from the heart. Nimo got, ‘put on the spot’ and delivered a freestyle rap – a beautiful metaphor for life where we all rap impromptu. It was a night of uplifting joy, music and conversation.’ For ... Read Full Story
Feb 25, 2018, 5 comments, 16 smiles It was a night of hugs and sacred connection! This circle had a unique flavor of old and new, far and near! It was a privilege to hold space with aunty Karoona, who’s in Dubai for just a month but made it for the evening. Aunty Nisha ( Sonia’s mom) Khusbu ( Sonia’s sister-in-law) , Vache ( Sehr’s friend) and Jacob,‘The Feel Good Guy’, were the ‘newbies’ who brought in their characteristic richness, vibrancy and variety. Meyank ,our old timer joined us after about a year and Sehr who had a super busy day, squeezed out an hour for collective silence . We were also joined by Zilong and his parents from Baotou, Inner Mongolia. The temperature there is -3 degrees, yet his parents stayed awake (Inner Mongolia time is four hours ahead) and sat at exactly 7:00 pm, Dubai time making the space all the more precious. Our kinship is sealed for many lifetimes! The evening was a mix of deep insight and lighter moments where we shared wisdom, humor, endless hugs and delicious food. ( The 'dhoklas' that aunty Nisha prepared were to die for). In other words, we fed the soul and the stomach!
Jan 27, 2018, 5 comments, 15 smiles After a gap of almost six months we, the Dubai community, were able to come together and connect in silence. It was a homecoming that was long overdue and deeply missed! There were challenges no doubt but when the intention is pure, all hindrances are overcome. Just a day before the scheduled date, Neha, our faithful coordinator, messaged to break the news that confirmations were canceled. This news however didn’t deter my plan or hurt my feelings as it would have in the past. (Vipasana therapy to the rescue!) I was determined to sit in silence even if it meant being alone (in the physical sense). Then at around 3:45, another message popped up with two confirmations, followed by yet another soon after. I silently offered gratitude to the universe and allowed the beautiful evening to unfold in its natural rhythm. What is meant to be, will be is what the ... Read Full Story
Apr 16, 2017, 2 comments, 9 smiles Upon reflection, I get this strong feeling that it is the house on street 47’s karma to be a space of silence for us all. The very idea of holding ‘awakin’ materialized on its own and out of a casual afternoon conversation. It’s been almost a year and that ‘silent space’ is home to both veteran and novel seekers. Every ‘awakin’ has its own unique charm. I remember the very first one where Adhar arrived an hour early and instantly fell in love with the garden. He spent almost thirty minutes soaking in the beauty while I fried ‘papads’ in anticipation of the rest. Neha, a very dear friend led us, and the evening that unfolded was such that there is no turning back. For the second ‘awakin’, Ajyinka arrived puffing and panting having walked from the bus station to the house. Of course, it’s only two km, but to do ... Read Full Story